Saturday, May 9, 2009

Managing the Moment....

I just came from the staff meeting at the local YMCA. We started the meeting with a mini Zumba class. If you've not done Zumba, or don't know what it is, well, it's a latin dance - inspired exercise. It's all the rage here, but it's SOOOO not me.

I am not a "group fitness" kind of girl, for one thing. And I don't move that way. Anyhow, it was amusing to say the least....

But the reason I mention it at all is that something that the director said during the meeting part of the meeting stuck in my head. She was talking about not having control over the current economic situation, as an example. She reminded us, however that we could "Manage the moment".

As staff at the YMCA, we could leave our other issues outside of the face to face interactions with the members at the Y. We could "manage the moment" we had with them. We could be fully present with another human being for just that moment.

I liked that! I like the idea of "managing the moment". First of all, it breaks down my life into manageable segments of time. As the school year ends and summer begins it's whirlwind of activity, it's easy for me to become overwhelmed. Secondly, it was a reminder to me of what is truly important in my life. It's not the "other issues" - the worries, the schedule - no, certainly not that.... what is important is the face to face interactions. Being fully present with another human being.

Those are the moments when hearts are touched and lives are changed.

Thank You, God for the reminder of what is important in my life...

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